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19 February 2019

Legal cannabis oil can get users high and make it dangerous to drive

Wollongong University in Australia found that the active ingredient in shop-bought cannabis products, cannabidiol (CBD), is psychoactive. Craig Mackinlay MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group investigating the effects of cannabis on the brain, said: ‘This is a startling revelation. For

Public Health Outcomes Framework: proposed changes

The Public Health Outcomes Framework was established in 2012 and its indicators are reviewed every 3 years. Public Health England is planning to update the PHOF in summer, to ensure that it meets the needs of users. Complete the online survey

Psychological therapies: latest report

NHS Digital has published Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England – November 2018 final, including reports on the IAPT pilots (click to access 9 files+). A snapshot of November shows 144,722 referrals to talking therapies, of which

The “terrifying truth” about gaming addiction and what it’s doing to children

The Mirror investigates the impact of the computer gaming industry as children as young as 11 are taken into care over fears they are addicted.

‘Smiling depression’ – and why it’s dangerous

A significant proportion of people who experience a low mood and a loss of pleasure in activities manage to hide their depression with a smiling mask. And these people might be particularly vulnerable to suicide, Olivia Remes of University of Cambridge explains in the

Addiction service cuts across Warwickshire

The council’s budget for addiction services was cut by 15% between 2017-18 and 2018-19, falling to £3.9million. Alcohol-related admissions to hospital rose 21% in Warwickshire between 2008-09 and 2017-18, to 3,459. The figures were obtained by a Freedom of Information

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